"Nothing lacking, nothing superfluous"
The NESA is starting the New Year with an anti-C-section campaign. We strongly believe that, like any other operation, there should be a valid indication for performing Caesarean sections. Unfortunately, the Caesarean section rate is increasing at an extreme rate, for which there is no justification. For more information, please visit our Ob/Gyn Projects section.
In January 2013, the NESA and Surgical Perspective in Strasbourg, France, signed a scientific cooperation agreement. Surgical Perspective developed abdominal retractors and lifters which will enable endoscopic and natural orifice procedures with optimal sight and lower intraabdominal pressure, and, in certain operations, may enable single-surgeon procedures. The NESA will initiate and supervise the prospective randomised studies. This development is in line with the NESA's principle "Nothing missing, nothing superfluous".
The NESA's international, interdisciplinary surgical conferences
This year's NESA conference took place in cooperation with the SLS organisation on 28 – 31 August, 2013 in Reston, VA, USA and was attended by participants from 23 countries. The topics were, among others, Novelties in Endoscopy and Natural Orifice Surgery, Endoscopic Complications and their Preventions, and The Caesarean Section as an Example of Minimally Invasive Abdominal Surgery.
In the session The Future of Surgery the key note lecture held by Prof Hilliard Jason dealt with the preparation of future doctors and included the presentation of a new kind of medical school as inspired by the NESA.Download the Programme.
The USP NESA Innovation Days 2012 conference was held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) on September 13 – 15 in cooperation with the USP Hospital Palmaplanas, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), the International Academy for Laser Medicine and Surgery (IALMS) and the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Quebec (AOGQ). The conference focused on developments in telesurgery and novelties in surgical disciplines. The NESA initiative for the New European School of Medicine, NESOMED was presented for the first time. The conference was visited by participants from 26 countries. See pictures.
Preventive medicine as a new NESA discipline
During the NESA's yearly executive board meeting, which was held in Berlin on 23 January 2012, it was decided to add preventive medicine as the sixth discipline represented by the NESA. Prof. Werner Seebauer is responsible for this discipline.
The NESA and the USP hospital in Mallorca, Spain signed an academical cooperation agreement on January 11, 2011. The USP hospital, a highly developed, modern up-to-date hospital, is becoming a NESA teaching hospital where optimized evidence-based methods will be taught and national and international conferences will be held.
Please visit the website of USP Clínica Palmaplanas.
The NESA launched NESOMED, the New European School of Medicine, which is based on centres of excellence. In November 2009, the First Academic Board Planning Meeting took place in Berlin. Delegates from 12 countries participated in the meeting. NESOMED is planned to be a European network of campuses. For more information, please visit our Interdisciplinary Projects section.
Telelap Alf-x – A new telesurgical concept and sytem.
The NESA is collaborating with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and SOFAR S.p.A. in Milan, Italy concerning a novel telesurgical system, which has already been certified in Europe for clinical use. It is a new concept called Telelap Alf-x. The advantages of this system are universality, tactile sensing, safety, 3D vision with an eye-tracking system and cost-effectiveness, as low-cost disposable or reusable instruments can be used. An International Scientific Advisory Board has been appointed which accompanies the preclinical studies.
Researchers from SOFAR and the NESA are developing a new type of console which allows the surgeon to feel the tissues in his or her fingertips. This makes the usage of the system as similar as possible to open surgery, with the advantages of endoscopy, bringing about a renaissance of abdominal surgery.
Download the Brochure describing the system.
Following our activities in Africa, the NESA was invited to participate in the 1st FIGO Africa Regional Conference of Gynecology and Obstetrics, which was held from 2 to 5 October 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Following the successful 2011 surgical and ultrasound course in Senegal, the NESA, in cooperation with FIGO and MedicalAidFilms, conducted a similar course in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Between 12 and 17 June 2012, lectures and practical application were done at the Yalgado Ouedragogo hospital. Some 40 gynaecologists from Burkina Faso participated. Basic ultrasound was taught and optimal methods for vaginal hysterectomy and caesarean section were introduced. See pictures.
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